Paramu, a toddy tapper is arranged to marry Kallu, a woodcutter's daughter, who is harassed when her family doesn't pay her dowries. Kallu ends up carrying Paramu's child and the society questions the legitimacy of the unborn child.
Set in the working-class milieu of toddy tappers and coir workers in Kerala. Paramu, the son of a toddy tapper, marries Kallu, a woodcutter’s daughter. As Kallu did not bring the promised dowry of half a sovereign, Paramu’s domineering mother harasses the new bride until she returns to her own parents and the lovers are reduced to meeting on the sly until the dowry issue has been settled. Kallu becomes pregnant and a local toddy-shop owner tries to rape her, resulting in rumours in the village that her child is illegitimate. When Kallu’s brother returns having earned the money for her dowry, he rejects his sister and Kallu commits suicide.
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